We often hear about white magic and black magic, but what is the difference? Basically, the distinction revolves around the ethics of spell casting and there are some general rules of thumb that can help you to determine what makes a white spell.
White magic is for the benefit of humanity and seeks to uplift the energies to resonate at a higher frequency. Do you want to use spell casting to transform your life, but don’t want anyone or anything to get hurt? Then you might be a white witch.
What is white magic?
- For the greater good
- Not selfish
- Doesn’t manipulate others
A very simple definition for white magic is – spells that are cast for the greater good and not for selfish purposes. These spells use positive energy, love and the sacred respect for Mother Nature. Wicca and white magic are almost interchangeable because they are both based on the same principles, although Wicca is a religion, whereas white magic is a kind of magic making. All Wiccans do not cast spells, and not all witches who practice white magic, consider themselves members of the Wiccan religion. However, they do uphold the same core beliefs.
Why is white magic associated with the color white? Basically, it comes from a long, long history of associating white with good and black with evil. These correlations come from days when the dark night was a dangerous and frightening place. The absence of light brought fear and trepidation. In the same way that we associate red with love or green with abundance, many of these color relationships stem from things in nature.
White magic vs black magic
If white magic is the magic of good, then black magic is often regarded as evil magic, magic such as voodoo and satanism. It is spell casting that is used to pursue selfish motives without regard to how it affects others. The term is quite broad, and many people simply use it to describe magic that they think is morally unacceptable.
White magic creates positive energy to grow, support and uplift. Black magic is destructive, taking energy away. It creates chaos and serves the purposes of the spell caster. But these definitions are also hotly disputed. You can read more about black magic and its different definitions and throughout history and various traditions.
Is it a white magic spell?
A starting point for determining if a spell is white is by looking at the Wiccan Rede. This wisdom outlines the central tenet of the Wiccan faith and Wiccan spells LINK. ‘An it harm none, do what ye will.’
Fundamentally this means that so long as your actions don’t harm other people or things, you can can act as you will. It leaves a lot of room for interpretation though, so let’s take a closer look and dig a little deeper into what this might mean.
Maybe you are thinking about casting a love spell to make your Ex come back to you. Well, you are certainly not trying to hurt your lost love, so this must abide by the Wiccan Rede, right? The answer is probably not.
When you cast a spell that impinges on someone’s free will, like making them come back to you when they had already chosen to leave, you are manipulating them to do something you want. This is not what is necessarily best for them and could possibly cause them harm. This kind of spell would not pass the smell test for a white magic spell.
How to keep your spells white
- Cast spells on yourself
- Only cast spells on others with their consent
- Add ‘An it harm none’
What you could do instead, is send your lost love beams of your love and light. This might prompt them to remember you and feel your love again, and perhaps it would cause them to reach out to you if they miss you. However, it would be totally in their control and would not impinge on their free will at all. And if they still didn’t want to be with you, receiving love cannot harm them.
But you still have to be careful here. What if you broke their heart and receiving your love and memories brings up past hurts and pain and causes a rift in their current relationship? This would no longer be considered white magic because it does not follow the rule of harming none.
The absolute safest way to make sure a spell is white is if you cast the spell on yourself and it only affects yourself, or if you cast a spell on someone with their full permission and that spell only affects that person. For example, spells of protection will not harm others, they will only protect the person within its reach. Spells of healing also are typically considered white magic so long as they are cast with full consent.
Spells that are not specifically targeted at one individual (unless it’s yourself) are also generally safer, as well as spells that are broader. Casting a spell to attract abundance to yourself is a pretty safe way to bring prosperity into your life. Casting a spell for a promotion at work, however, could result in harming someone else if that promotion should have gone to them but you meddled with the natural order of things and it came to you instead.
White spells also often will specify in the spell itself ‘an it harm none’ at the end of the spell. It’s just one more way of covering your tracks in case you overlooked something! If your intentions are pure and you specify no harm in your spell, you are probably safe within the realm of white magic.
Spells that are not white magic
Revenge spells LINK and curses are definitely not following the code of white magic. Even though it may be tempting to make someone pay for something terrible that they may have done, try to look at it from another side. Did someone mistreat you in a relationship and make you feel bad about yourself?
Instead of casting a revenge spell on them, how about you cast a spell of attracting true love into your life? Perhaps you will attract someone who makes you feel so good about yourself that you can put all of those terrible memories behind you and move on happily. There is always a way of addressing a problem or situation from another angle while staying true to the Wiccan Rede.
Another tenet of Wicca that can guide you is the Rule of Threefold Return. This rule says that any energy you put out into the universe will return to you threefold. Therefore, if you send love into the universe, it should return to you threefold! But if you send anger or greed out into the universe, it will come back at you to hurt you. Imagine every bit of energy you send out being magnified and bounced right back at you. Are you happy with the results? If the answer is yes, you are probably working with white magic.
If you feel that you want to bring white magic into your life to effect positive change, but aren’t sure that you have enough knowledge and experience to be sure you don’t stray into the domain of black or even grey magic, then reach out to a spells advisor for guidance.
At our trusted site, kasamba.com, experienced advisors can answer your questions, find the best spells for your situation, and cast spells for you if need be. Nobody wants to be on the receiving end of a negative threefold return, especially if it is an unintended consequence of an innocent action!
Pros of white magic
- Can bring positive change into your life
- Will not harm others
- Will benefit the greater good while you are at it!
Cons of white magic
- Negative consequences if not practiced correctly
- Be careful of spiritual arrogance or cultism